3/8 MMA News and Notes
Mar 8, 2012 - by Steve Gerweck
~ 2 weeks ago, in Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez competed in the main event. Headlining Baltic Challenge 3, Rodriguez was defeated by Alexander Volkov (15-3) via unanimous decision. It was Rodriguez’s 5th loss in 6 months, he’s 1-5 in his last 6 bouts, & his record dropped to 48-16.
~ Medical suspensions from Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” event
Miesha Tate: Indefinite suspension (left elbow)
Kazuo Misaki: Suspended 45 days to due a facial laceration
Ronaldo Souza: Indefinite suspension (possible broken left hand)
Alexis Davis: Suspended 30 days to due a facial laceration
Pat Healy: Suspended 30 days to due a head laceration
Roger Bowling: Indefinite suspension (possibly broken hand)
Brandon Saling: Suspended 30 days for precautionary reasons
Conor Heun: Indefinite suspension (possible broken hand)
~ UFC heavyweight veteran Kimbo Slice (3-0) will look to remain undefeated in the boxing ring when he faces Mike Glenn on Saturday, March 24. It occurs at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield, Missouri in a rescheduled bout named ‘Fight Night Returns.’ Glenn has MMA experience but this will be his boxing debut.
~ After a brief investigation, Brandon Saling’s license has been revoked by the Ohio Athletic Commission and New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. OAC executive director Bernie Profato said that Saling (8-6 MMA, 0-1 SF) violated administrative statutes when he lied about his criminal background on an application for a fight license. Saling can appeal the ruling at a OAC hearing planned for April 11. Saling’s status as a sex offender and felon came to light when he fought Roger Bowling (11-2 MMA, 4-2 SF) at this past weekend’s “Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.”
~ Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA 1 No-Contest, 5-2 UFC) will now compete next month. Silva replaces an injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (20-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and now faces Alexander Gustafsson (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 2. The event takes place at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe Arena on April 14.